August 30, 2010
onslaught of awesomeness!
soundboard snobs are missing out!
the sound quality of this show isn't bad. it's just raw. personally, i love the lack of compression. it's got teeth. eyes of the world, some of the vocals clip out a bit. sometimes the mic cable jiggles. in casey jones, it sounds like someone accidentally pressed pause. i love shit like that. reminds you what really happened at these shows.
this is a lovely performance. spirited, energized. and some standout examples of some of my favourite tunes; even non-deadheads could appreciate the beauty of this stella blue. eyes of the world is, to my ears, at the pace it was meant to be played. later in the seventies, they played it considerably faster, and even later, like the late eighties, it slowed down. nice stretched out rendering here. dark star maintains its groove throughout - i find it often gets bogged down in its navelgazey self, but not on this night. morning dew is a sweet heartbreaker, and then the opening bars of sugar magnolia give me tingles.
who is that singing the loretta lynn tune? and what's with around and around as a second-set opener?
all in all, an enjoyable listen. made my day.